Today for Blogmas day 7 I thought I would share my homemade chai tea recipe. This is something I’ve been making for a while now (literally years) that I really enjoy. I like to mix up my recipe but this is the basics of the concentrate. Chai, I feel, is great any time of year but really comes into play as a stable during Christmas for all the aromatic spices that are introduced here- I use fresh ingredients for my chai, but you can substitute as needed. You can enjoy chai hot or cold- chai is just perfect any time, certainly one of my favourite beverages.
6 Cardamom pods
4 black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
1 star anise
1 vanilla bean, sliced down the middle
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 TBSP brown sugar OR honey (or nothing if you prefer unsweetened)
2 tsp loose leaf black tea or teabags if easier
3 cups water
1 cup organic almond milk, for serving
Place all ingredients except milk, sugar and tea over a medium heat for around 5 minutes until you can smell the aroma, cover and turn the heat to low for another 5 minutes before taking completely off the heat for 10 minutes to steep. After 10 minutes place back on heat and bring back to a boil, then place the sugar (or honey) and teabags and stir until sugar (or honey) has dissolved. Let this tea brew for 5 minutes until deep in colour. Once ready, strain and place in a jug (or place in teapot like I have) for concentrate.
You can enjoy this with milk straight away, or let cool then place in fridge to enjoy when desired. (I can simply reheat my chai on the stove or in the microwave if need be). You can water this down with milk or hot water if you like, this will keep in the fridge for around a week.
I hope you enjoyed this post for Blogmas day 7 and will enjoy this recipe all through your winter! Happy Chai!